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ERIC Number: ED313757
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Nov-20
Pages: 18
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Hercule Poirot v. Reality: Murder Mysteries as an Epistemic Force.
Geisler, Deborah M.
If murder mysteries are to carry an epistemic force, it is important to examine how murder mysteries represent a unique way of knowing, of coming to view the world, for their readers. This can be accomplished by looking at the text of murder mysteries and how the nature of the text influences the reality creating process; by exploring the nature of the "solver" of the mystery and how readers find some identification with the characters in the mysteries; and by looking at how these factors of mystery-as-epistemic allow audiences to create a universal understanding of how murder happens, is investigated, and is solved. Murder mysteries have the force to create reality. They force upon the reader a way of knowing, of apprehending what occurs in criminal investigations. The interpretation and creation of the text by some readers may often tend to create a special, distinctive universe for the interpreters of the text. Murder mysteries present a closed text, unchanging in its inscription, giving modern readers a sense of closure all too rare in their lives. (Twenty notes are included.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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